Professor Franz Rupert is the editor of this collection of essays entitled Early Trauma on the topic of pre-, peri- and post-natal issues that are traumatising for the infant. He contributes three essays. Other practitioners who work with his theories and method have written the remaining 16 essays, bringing their own particular interest and expertise to understanding the subject of early trauma.
The book covers a range of issues from the influence of the attitude of the mother and father towards the unborn child, the ‘unwanted’ child, ability to get pregnancy, IVF, miscarriages and stillbirths, abortion, adoption, pre- and post-natal depression, attachment failure, marital violence and so on. As such the book provides a rich resource of thinking, ideas and research.
The early life of the infant, from conception on, will be the most important therapeutic exploration and consideration of our time, having far-reaching effect on who we are as individuals and as a species, and how we think about our development into the future.
This is an exciting book. Rupert has drawn together some extraordinary writers whose writing is information and compelling.
Vivian Broughton is the Editor of the English language version, translated from the German edition Frühes Trauma (2014, Klett-Cotta, Stuttgart).
Table of Contents:
PART I: Trauma, Bonding and a Multigenerational Perspective
Chapter 1: Psychological Disorders
1.1 The Unexplained Origins of Psychological Disorders
1.2 Inadequate Theories and Treatments
Chapter 2: Multigenerational Systemic Psychotraumatology
2.1 Basic Assumptions for Multigenerational Systemic Psychotraumatology (MSP)
2.2 Bonding and Trauma: Three Principles
Chapter 3: Psychological and Emotional Bonding
3.1 Bonding relationships as the Basis of Human Existence
3.2 Types of Bonded Relationships
3.3 Psychological Health and Entanglements of the Soul
Chapter 4: Psychological Trauma
4.2 A Definition of Trauma
4.3 Types of Trauma
4.4 Experiencing and Treating Trauma
4.5 The Post-Trauma Consequences
4.6 The Transmission of Trauma Experiences over Generations
4.7 Four Types of Trauma and their Core Emotional Conflicts
Chapter 5: Existential Trauma
5.1 Introduction to Existential Trauma
5.2 Effects on the following Generation
5.3 Particular Issues of the Legacy of Existential Trauma
Chapter 6: Loss Trauma
6.1 Introduction to Loss Trauma
6.2 Different Types of Loss Trauma
6.3 Loss Trauma and its Effect on Subsequent Generations
Chapter 7: Bonding Trauma
7.2 Development of Bonding Trauma
7.3 Particular Issues to do with Bonding Trauma
7.4 Consequences of Bonding Trauma
7.5 The Effects of Bonding Trauma on Subsequent Generations
Chapter 8: Bonding System Trauma
8.1 Introduction: Keeping or Revealing Family Secrets
8.2 Trauma of the Whole Bonding System
8.3 The Effects of Bonding System Trauma on Subsequent Generations
8.4 Multiple and Sequential Traumas
PART II: The Methodology of Systemic Constellations
Chapter 9: Introduction to Systemic Constellations
9.1 The Constellations Process
9.2 Bert Hellinger and the Development of Family constellations
9.3 My Own Journey as a Constellations Facilitator
9.4 Method, Context, Theory and Facilitator
9.5 A Small Research Study on the Effectiveness of Constellations
Chapter 10: Constellations in the Therapy of Bonding Disorders and Trauma
10.1 Therapy of Bonding Disorders
10.2 Trauma Therapy
Chapter 11: Future Considerations
Appendix 1: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder – DSM IV
Appendix 2: Panic Disorder – DSM IV
Appendix 3: Depression – DSM IV
Appendix 4: Dissent among Experts as to the Gruesome Reality of the Concentration Camps
Appendix 5: Trauma Theories and Trauma Therapy
About the Author:
Franz Ruppert is Professor of Psychology at the University of Applied Sciences in Munich, a post he has held since 1992. He gained his PhD in Work and Organisational Psychology at the Technical University of Munich in 1985.
Since 1995 he has focused on psychotherapeutic work and specifically on the causes of psychosis, schizophrenia and other forms of severe mental illness. He has combined with this his interest in bonding and attachment theories and modern trauma work in order to understand better the effect of traumatic events, not just for those who suffer the event, but on whole bonding systems such as families.
He came into contact with the Systemic constellations work of Bert Hellinger in Germany in the mid-’90s and since then has utilised this methodology in order to work with clients and understand the subtle and hidden dynamics of trauma in systems.
Franz Ruppert teaches trauma theory at the University of Applied Sciences, works with individuals and facilitates workshops in Germany and many other countries including the UK.